I finished my first ever quilt yesterday. Yeah! It was so much fun, and I'm so happy with how it came out. I can't wait to make another one. I'm not quite sure yet what kind of quilt I'll make, but yesterday I had a moment of perfect crafting good luck. Almost a I was finishing my last stitch on the quilt (seriously I had about 5 stitches left on sewing down the binding), my 8-year-old son brought me the mail which contained my first ever internet fabric order. I mean, how perfect is that? To finish one project and receive the fabric for the next on at almost the very same moment.
I'm usually quite disloyal to my craft projects - especially big ones. I'll work on it for a while and when a new idea pops into my mind, I have to stop the original project and start the new one. Unfortunately, it's happened once or twice (yeah, right, I have a whole stash worth of yarn in unfinished knitting projects) that I haven't ever gone back to the original project. That just adds to the list of a gazillion things I have to feel guilty about. Not good. This was definitely not the case with the quilt. I really actually enjoyed working on it through every step. I was able to convince myself for the moment at least that I actually AM the kind of person who finishes one project before starting another. That made the timeliness of my fabric order all that much more serendipitious.
Here's the back of my quilt. I really love it except that somehow I got the wrong amount of the fabric on the top. I really didn't want to buy any more, so I had to improvise with my leftover sashing strips. It really doesn't bother me too much, but it would have looked nicer without them.
My biggest problem now is figuring out what to do with it. After all that work, I really don't want it to get dirty, but not using it kind of defeats the purpose. I really want to use it for going to the beach or for a nice picnic with my husband with my homemade french bread and some brie and some red wine. IF my husband weren't working all the time. IF we weren't doing the Vegan thing and could eat cheese. IF I weren't worried about spilling red wine on the quilt. It's not really the right size to put on anyone's bed which is fine - I wanted to make sure I could make one first - before I invested the time and money in a full size one. My 11-year-old daughter would probably appreciate one the most, but I'm not sure I see that happening, since she's really into nail polish right now. Yikes.
If you're interested in making the same quilt, check out Oh Fransson's quilt-a-long. She explains every step perfectly. I didn't think I could make a quilt - at least not one I would be happy with, but following this quilt a-long made it easy and got me hooked. Now I just have to come up with some of my own designs!
Here's the fabric order I was so excited about receiving. I'm collecting red, blue, and brown fabrics to make a cover for an old hole-y down comforter. More about that another time.